BJBS student wins the Charles Sturt 3MT Final!


The Charles Sturt University finals for the annual Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition were held online for the first time on Wednesday 1st July. Six PhD candidates made it through to the final with the challenge of presenting their thesis to members of the public in only 3 minutes, in a bid to win a $1,000 travel and research grant and represent Charles Sturt at the Asia-Pacific 3MT Final.

The event was emceed by Professor Stan Grant Jnr, The Vice-Chancellor’s Chair of Australian-Indigenous Belonging, and judged by Mayor Greg Conkey (Wagga Wagga City Council), Michelle Waugh (Principal of Mount Austin High School, Wagga Wagga) and Niall Blair (Industry Professor – Food Sustainability, Charles Sturt University).

Congratulations to the winner Jen Schwarz from the School of Psychology, supervised by Rachel Hogg and Gene Hodgins. Jen’s presentation “Understanding and supporting adults who ask ‘Am I Autistic’?” also took out the People’s Choice award from audience members that voted through an online poll.

Well done to the runner up – Mandy Cooke – from the School of Education on her presentation “It’s not just physical: Understanding risk-taking in early childhood education”, as well as Tabita Tan from the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Debra Metcalf from the School of Psychology, Jonathan Hewis from the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, and Mitchell Kunnen from the School of Exercise Science, Sport & Health who did a fantastic job of explaining their complex research to a wider audience.

Wishing Jen the best of luck when she represents Charles Sturt University at the Asia-Pacific 3MT Final in October.

Apply for funding to support your research project

We know that 2020 has been difficult! And so we have made available some additional funding for HDR candidates! Here are some examples of activities where funding may help:

  • Want to polish your thesis? Professional editing of your final draft could support you to present your thesis to the best possible standard.
  • Need consumables? Perhaps you are running out of consumables or need some equipment to enable you to achieve better research results
  • Anything else that helps you to achieve excellence in your higher degree by research project? Make a case for consideration!

Costs must be related to the completion of a thesis, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Purchase of consumables, equipment, fees for service, software and/or data
  • Research assistant – employing staff to enter survey/ interview / quantitative data, translation, webpage development*
  • Costs associated with attending online professional development activities and online conference registration
  • Engaging a professional copy editor
  • Printing, copying and stationery

*Only under limited circumstances, please enquire with the relevant Sub-Dean, Graduate Studies before applying.

Funding will be approved for up to $1,500 per applicant. Each student can be awarded up to one (1) HDR support grant per calendar year. Applications are welcome from all HDR candidates, even in the early stages of candidature. Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis. Please note that your application must demonstrate a solid argument with recommendation from your Principal Supervisor. Please contact Jo-Anne
at to request an application form.

Preference will be given to those who have yet to receive funding in 2020 and to those who do not receive a scholarship, however all fee-paying and scholarship candidates who need assistance should apply. Application closing date: Friday 31 July, 2020.

Census date – 9 August 2020


A reminder that the August census date is now approaching. In order to avoid delays in the examination process please ensure examiners are finalised as soon as possible.

The Principal Supervisor is to contact potential examiners and complete the Notification of Readiness to Submit Thesis & Appointment of Examiners and forward to the Sub Dean Graduate Studies, Ramudu Bhanugopan for review.


If you are planning on taking leave for session 2, 2020 please make sure your Application of Leave Form is completed as soon as possible. It is important that this is submitted at least 2 weeks prior to census date (26 July 2020).

For any questions, please contact Jo-Anne Masters (Graduate Studies Liaison Officer) at